*Denzel Washington's "The Great Debaters" stole the spotlight at the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards Thursday night (hosted by comedian D.L. Hughley), winning for outstanding motion picture and top acting honors for some of its lead and supporting cast.See Also:
The film's star and director, Denzel Washington, was named best actor, while Jurnee Smollett, starring as one of the movie's lead debators, was named best actress. Denzel Whitaker, the young actor uncannily bearing a hybrid of Washington and Forest Whitaker's name, took home the award for outstanding supporting actor.
Also making an impressive showing was Tyler Perry, with his project "Why Did I Get Married?" garnering Janet Jackson the award for outstanding supporting actress, while his venture with TBS, "House of Payne," won outstanding comedy series. Payne" earned actor LaVan Davis the outstanding actor in a comedy series honor, while Lance Gross was crowned outstanding supporting actor for his portrayal of the immature son of Curtis and Ella Payne.
'The Great Debaters' cast (Denzel Whitaker, Jurnee Smollet, Kimberly Elise and Denzel Washington)
ABC's "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy" and HBO's "Life Support" were other big winners in the television category.
America Ferrera won for best actress in a comedy series for "Betty," while co-star Vanessa Williams took home the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series award. "Anatomy" won for outstanding drama series, and the show's Chandra Wilson was honored as outstanding supporting actress in a drama series.
Queen Latifah and Wendell Pierce were voted outstanding actress and actor in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special for "Support," which also won for outstanding TV movie, miniseries or dramatic special.
Alicia Keys cleaned up in the musical categories, winning four awards including: outstanding music video, song and album and the outstanding female artist award.
Focus Features' "Talk To Me" garnered awards for Kasi Lemmons, outstanding directing in a motion picture, and for Seith Mann, outstanding directing in a dramatic series for his work on NBC's "Friday Night Lights."
The organization doled out special honors to Aretha Franklin, who received the Vanguard Award, and Stevie Wonder, who was inducted into the Image Awards' Hall of Fame. Actress/producer/author and recent SAG winner Ruby Dee was honored with the event's annual Chairman's Award.
Complete winners list:
Actor in a comedy series
Actress in a comedy series
Supporting actor in a comedy series
Supporting actress in a comedy series
Actor in a drama series
Actress in a drama series
Supporting actor in a drama series
Supporting Actress in a drama series
Television movie, miniseries or dramatic special
Actor in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special
Actress in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special
Actor in a daytime drama series
Actress in a daytime drama series
News/information (series or special)
Variety (series or special)
Performance in a youth/children's program (series or special)
Duo or group
Gospel artist (traditional or contemporary)
World music album
Literary work, fiction
Literary work, nonfiction
Literary work, debut author
Literary Work, biography/autobiography
Literary work, instructional
Literary work, poetry
Literary work, children
Literary work, youth/teens
Motion picture categories
Actor in a motion picture
Actress in a motion picture
Supporting actor in a motion picture
Supporting actress in a motion picture
Independent or foreign film
Writing in a comedy series
Writing in a dramatic series
Writing in a motion picture (theatrical or television)
Directing in a comedy series
Directing in a dramatic series
Kasi Lemmons, "Talk to Me" (Focus Features)
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